Paradise Road, Baytown, Texas

Paradise Road, Baytown, Texas // SNAPSHOT Paradise Road, Baytown, Texas by Eliot Dudik THIS LITTLE NEIGHBORHOOD in Baytown, Texas, sandwiched between I-10 and the Lynch- burg Canal on the outskirts of Houston, is not exceptional on its surface. This is the initial reac- tion I often have after driving hundreds of miles and pulling onto one of the many Paradise Roads across the country. There is a feeling of anxiety, even dread, as I try to determine what on that road has the potential to signify a piece of para- dise in the United States. I remember feeling this way as I pulled onto this Paradise Road in Bay- town. I drove up and down the road a few times trying to find something that spoke to the Ameri - can Dream, the United States, and Texas. And just as I was starting to get frustrated that a picture wasn’t to be found here, I spotted Emanuel and his son Yeddeh in the shaded opening of their garage, engaged in a most intimate and trusting family ritual. I stopped and interrupted as politely as I could, explained who I was and what I was trying to do, and asked if they would like to par- ticipate. They agreed http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Southern Cultures University of North Carolina Press

Paradise Road, Baytown, Texas

Southern Cultures, Volume 26 (1) – Mar 21, 2020

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// SNAPSHOT Paradise Road, Baytown, Texas by Eliot Dudik THIS LITTLE NEIGHBORHOOD in Baytown, Texas, sandwiched between I-10 and the Lynch- burg Canal on the outskirts of Houston, is not exceptional on its surface. This is the initial reac- tion I often have after driving hundreds of miles and pulling onto one of the many Paradise Roads across the country. There is a feeling of anxiety, even dread, as I try to determine what on that road has the potential to signify a piece of para- dise in the United States. I remember feeling this way as I pulled onto this Paradise Road in Bay- town. I drove up and down the road a few times trying to find something that spoke to the Ameri - can Dream, the United States, and Texas. And just as I was starting to get frustrated that a picture wasn’t to be found here, I spotted Emanuel and his son Yeddeh in the shaded opening of their garage, engaged in a most intimate and trusting family ritual. I stopped and interrupted as politely as I could, explained who I was and what I was trying to do, and asked if they would like to par- ticipate. They agreed

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Published: Mar 21, 2020

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